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i'm happy to read this about moon planting, i have been using it 18 months since aquiring my allotment although use the 2days before new moon to 3 days before full moon is for above ground crops and vice versa for roots but have heard of the 4 times and will probably extend to that as i get more experienced. being cancerian i love the moon hence my user name.
This is my second year of veg growing. I grew broccoli, swede, sprouts and kale from seed for the first time. The broccoli grew well but became very tall. Is this 'Bolting'? Also the heads were very small and went to seed /flower very quickly. Did I do anything wrong? Everything else is doing ok although some of the swede are still very small while others are rounding out nicely. I would be greatfull of any advice. I am growing in raised beds in my back garden.
Here's a simple on-line calendar that can help with moon gardening - http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/Moon_Planting.asp
I find it helps me organise my time better when I do follow it but sometimes I just go with the weather and hwat is urgent and that's especially so this year as I was unable to do anything at all from January to late June and just had to sit and watch the weeds grow.
I was gardening by the moon, this morning. Seriously, I was.
I went outside about 6.15am. First light is a good time to check for any slugs, and I also put out bird food. The robins round here are very demanding and like their breakfasts early.
The moon was right overhead, and what made the sight more spectacular is that right beside the moon was a bright planet. Nothing else was visible in the sky. It was impressive.
Oh dear. Talking to my Husband about this, and now he's started playing REM at me. I HATE REM. I'm off to wage war on the mass of weeds that's my back garden.
I mentioned that the moon and a planet were a notable spectacle in the sky this morning. The planet was Jupiter, and there's actually an item about this event here, under 'highlights of the month (Sept 8th)':http://www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/So, this morning something significant was happening between the Moon and Jupiter.The position of the moon, and the planets were considered to be very important to gardeners, in the 16th and 17th centuries (and possibly before). There's a lot of information about sowing and planting according to these criteria in very old gardening manuals. Here's a tiny sample (transcribed into a modern typeface)...
gardening by the moon was done in bygone days.(I have a book that tells the ways yesterday).Whether it works or no I cant say but the pull of the moon does effect tides.